Instability in the Middle East has taken a lethal turn. Recent escalation of Israeli military action against largely nonviolent demonstrators in Gaza has led to death and injury. Reports indicate that in one day (May 14) at least 60 Palestinians, including six children, were killed and more than 2,000 were injured as a result of Israel’s disproportionate use of force. Medical assistance is needed.
In a pastoral message, Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton urged us to join Bishop Sani Ibrahim Azar of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land as he calls us to "continue to pray, advocate and faithfully work toward a peaceful and just solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict."
Lutheran Disaster Response, working with The Lutheran World Federation, is assisting Augusta Victoria Hospital by helping send medical professionals into Gaza. A team of medical doctors and nurses left Augusta Victoria Hospital to head toward Gaza to join the efforts at Al-Shifa Hospital. A need for additional support has been identified due to the increasing number of urgent medical needs, injured medical staff and damaged medical facilities. We need your help to answer this call and respond to other needs created by this conflict.